Happy New Year.
After a hiatus from Everyday Essays, I am back. It feels good. I needed a break from the weekly posts and going forward I will continue to post, just not on such a strict weekly basis.
I expected that my recent time would be spent writing and writing and writing, but instead it has been spent at the Nordic center in the next town, where I gave lots of ski lessons during the holiday week. Additionally, I started coaching for an after school youth ski program. I hadn’t anticipated this role; it presented itself and I am happy I accepted.
My husband is an elementary school classroom teacher and so I think of him as the teacher in the family. I am recognizing that in my own way, I serve as a teacher. Not just with ski instruction, but with my essays, too. I reach a wise place when I write them; I become a teacher and a student at the same time.
With a group of kids, you see who emerges as a leader. There are always kids who could be leaders, but chose not to. That was me as a child. I always knew what was going on, but never chose to lead. Now, I find myself in some aspects of life where I’m happy to lead and this requires a mental shift in how I think of myself.
Be mindful of the labels you have for yourself and of what you resist.
You may be missing out on opportunities that simply look different than you expected.